The Wrong Stars

By: Tim Pratt
Narrated by: John Glouchevitch
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
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A ragtag crew of humans and posthumans discover alien technology that could change the fate of humanity...or awaken an ancient evil and destroy all life in the galaxy.

The shady crew of the White Raven run freight and salvage at the fringes of our solar system. They discover the wreck of a centuries-old exploration vessel floating light years away from its intended destination and revive its sole occupant, who wakes with news of First Alien Contact.

When the crew break it to her that humanity has alien allies already, she reveals that these are very different extra-terrestrials...and the gifts they bestowed on her could kill all humanity, or take it out to the most distant stars.

©2017 Tim Pratt (P)2018 Tantor
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Great book

Loved it, was compelled to listen more and more. Didn't want it to end as the story grew.

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A solid Space Opera with twists and turns

Tim Pratt has such a wonderful, descriptive, and humorous voice. I fell in love with his short fiction and decided to give his long Works a try. This is an excellent story and well worth a read for any sci-fi fan.

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Mr. Rogers narration

I can't finish this book... The main character and some others sound like mister rogers. I can get past that as the story is interesting. What caused me to stop listening is the constant and out of place sex longing.

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Save yourself a credit, read something else

All books I read start out as five-star. Many of them don't finish that way because of issues.

Sadly, over the course of The Wrong Stars, the book dropped down to two stars. First star lost for poorly-written and -considered interpersonal relationships. Juvenile "huhuhuh lesbians touching gooshy parts" is neither welcome nor entertaining. Second star lost for nerdsplaining. The author is writing science fiction; he shouldn't assume his readers are idiots. Idiots don't read sci-fi and don't need a surrogate character to be explained to. Third star was lost mid-third act when the plot hammering clearly required experienced and skilled characters to perform multiple idiotic acts in order to advance the plot. Nope. I didn't take away an additional star for the ending that dragged on two chapters longer than necessary.

From an audio standpoint, the narrator was adequate, but tended toward whininess for too many female characters. I think the narration might have been better with a female reader, but no narrator could fix the basic problems in the book itself.

Save yourself a credit. Read something else. How this book is an award nominee is a complete mystery to me.

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One of the best books I've ever heard!

The book is great. The story is great. The characters are great. The performance was great. The pacing was great. The world-building was great. Everything about this book was close to perfection.

The only thing that bugged me was how it ended on such an obvious sequel hook, but then, I was only upset because I cannot start reading the sequel immediately.

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It was "ok".

I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. I found myself a little bored.

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Great concept, poor execution

Pratt has good world-building and an excellent underlying idea, but flat characters, inconsistent tone, excessive exposition, and a plot on rails means I won't be continuing the series.